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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 6 June 1942 (USA)
A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

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A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. From his early days as a child-star in his family's vaudeville show up to the time of his comeback at which he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the US, this is the life- story of George M. Cohan, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in his own musical shows for which he composed his famous songs. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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The Yankee Doodle Dandiest Entertainment of 'em all! See more »


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According to James Cagney's autobiography his brother William Cagney (who was also his manager) actively pursued the role of ultra-patriotic George M. Cohan for James as a way of removing the taint of James' political activities in the 1930s, when he was a strong, somewhat radical supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. When Cohan himself learned about Cagney's background as a song-and-dance man in vaudeville, he approved him for the project. See more »

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Near the beginning of the movie, George M. Cohan is describing his birth (in 1878) to Franklin D. Roosevelt, and speaks of the flag "having fewer stars then, but people knew more were coming". The camera fades to a scene of an American flag waving on a flagpole, before panning down to people at a 4th of July parade waving hand held flags. The hand held flags appear to be the correct 38 star flags of 1878, but the flag on the pole is the 45 star flag introduced in 1896. See more »

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Critic #1: I call it a hit. What'll your review say?
Critic #2: I like it too, so I guess I'll pan it.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: James Cagney (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Luck, Johnny
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by the chorus as part of the "Little Johnny Jones" sequence
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A favorite since I was a child
11 June 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

So it takes liberties with facts. So it's jingoistic. Big deal! I adore it for its depiction of turn-of-the-(20th}century New York, especially its theater, which has fascinated me for years. And it has the breath-taking performance of Jimmy Cagney in the title role; he's absolutely elecrifying in the musical numbers. If some scenes are mawkish, well, I think that can be forgiven.

This movie, above all others, make me so proud to be an American.


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